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birmingham. the initial rallies of support in los angeles and new york in april 1963 spawned some 750 demonstrations in nearly 200 cities with the arrests of more than 15,000 protesters across the country. suddenly, a black rebellion was at hand. the kennedy administration was caught off guard. rather than the civil rights activists in birmingham, the president more concerned with actions of alabama's feisty governor who pledged to stand in the schoolhouse door to stop the federal courts from desegregating the state schools. kennedy feared another ole miss, and focused attentions on wallace rather than king. attorney generalobert kennedy compiled the alabama notebook, the documented state's corporate ceos to get them to pressure the governor to cool off. wallace wanted to heat things up, so he stole the scene away from birmingham, by staging an elaborate charade in tuscaloosa. june 11, 1963, he blocked the entrance of foster auditorium to prevent african-american students from entering the university of alabama. the governor choreographed an ela ela elaborate dance, when the nationali
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